Denmark jumps 20 spots in best places for expats survey

Denmark leaps 20 places in Expat Insider 2017, rating the best expat destinations worldwide. The country is ranked top for work-life balance and healthcare.

Expat Insider by Internations is one of the largest surveys offering an in-depth analysis of expat life across the globe. More than 12,500 respondents representing 166 nationalities participated, providing unique insights into what it is like to be an expat in 2017.

The rankings list the best (and worst) among 65 destinations across the globe, focusing on essential topics: quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, family life, personal finance, and cost of living.

Denmark is best destination for work-life balance

Over two-thirds of respondents in the Nordic countries rate their work-life balance positively. Denmark comes first in the Work-Life Balance subcategory, with full-time employees devoting two-thirds of their day to personal care and leisure.

The full-time average working week in Denmark is 37 hours, more than seven hours less than the global average of 44.3 hours.

On the downside, expats find the Nordic countries expensive places to live.

Nordic top performer in excellent, free healthcare

Healthcare expenses will however not burst your budget in Denmark or the rest of the Nordic countries.

Expats are happy with both the quality and cost of healthcare, with around two in five respondents giving this aspect the very best rating. All healthcare systems in the Nordic countries are tax-funded and publicly owned, meaning you don’t need to splash your cash when you get sick.

Denmark is the Nordic region’s top performer coming in 3rd place out of 65 countries in the Health & Well-Being subcategory.

See the full 2017 Expat Insider rankings here.

This year’s biggest winners in Europe

  1. Portugal #5 (up 23)
  2. Norway #20 (up 23)
  3. Sweden #22 (up 20)
  4. Denmark #30 (up 20)
  5. Netherlands #13 (up 17)
  6. Finland #21 (up 11)
  7. Ireland #45 (up 11)
  8. Belgium #32 (up 7)
  9. Spain #10 (up 4)
  10. Switzerland #27 (up 4)